The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 26, 2014

Meet the 2014 Woman of Achievement honorees



Rebecca Kroeger is a recipient of the Unsung Hero/YWCA Honoree award. “She has spent countless hours providing community education on sexual abuse prevention to classrooms, civic groups and organizations. Her efforts reignited Clinton County’s Sexual Abuse Response Team offering safe supportive advocacy, medical and legal services to victims of violence and their families.” shared nominator Ronelle Clark. “She rises out of a sound sleep to be by the side of an assault survivor. You will not find a more dedicated compassionate advocate.”

Prior to joining the YWCA Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resource Center, Rebecca had a diverse work history, owning and operating a beauty shop and landscape business simultaneously, obtaining her CDL for semi-driving, and was a head finisher for a woodworking business, working construction for 20 years.

“Empowerment counseling, educating the community about sexual assault and domestic violence and assisting those who strive to overcome many barriers is humbling and inspiring,” Rebecca said. She is a member of the Clinton County Prevent Child Abuse Council and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and is the coordinator for the Sexual Assault Response Team. In her free time she enjoys home repairs and landscaping, shopping and dinner with family and friends. She is the mother of two, a grandmother of eight, along with two great-grandchildren.


“She has spent a large part of her career empowering women to find their voice and search for the courage to make very difficult life decisions. She rises out of bed and braves the winter cold so no person is alone through a sexual assault examination or lacks transportation to safe shelter,” nominator Ronelle Clark wrote. Penny Welch will be receiving the Unsung Hero/YWCA Honoree award. She began working for the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resource Center in 2001 as a part-time shelter advocate, herself a victim of domestic violence; her training gave her the courage to leave an abusive relationship. For the past 10 years in her role as court advocate, Penny offers empowerment counseling, assists with obtaining protective orders, and attends legal proceedings and attorney meetings with victims of violence. She is a member of the Clinton County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “I love those I work with and for; I can’t imagine doing anything else! I feel gratitude for all I do on behalf of victims, who are primarily women and children. “

She is a life-long resident of Sabula along with her extended family, including two sons, Devin and Tavian. Penny helps to care for older family members and friends, organizing more than one benefit for friends surviving cancer. She enjoys volunteering with the Sabula Little League Baseball Association and spends many nights and weekends at the ballpark. Self-professed “river rats”, she takes advantage of having the river so close by.

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